Characters: WWE Brand Extension

Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the Brand Extension Era, from March 25, 2002 to April 3, 2011. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.
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    B 

Wade Barrett (Stuart Alexander Bennett) 2010-

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Trent Barreta (Gregory Marasciulo) 2009-2013

Batista (David Michael Bautista, Jr.) 2002-2010, 2014-

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Boogeyman (Martin "Marty" Wright) 2005-2009

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Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) 2010-

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    C 

Carlito (Carlos Edwin "Carly" Colon, Jr.) 2004-2010

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John Cena (John Felix Anthony Cena, Jr.) 2002-

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Brodus Clay (George Murdoch), 2010-2014

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Johnny Curtis/Fandango (Curtis James Hussey) 2010-

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    D 

Simon Dean/Nova (Michael "Mike" Bucci) 2002-2007

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Alberto Del Rio (Alberto Rodríguez) 2010-2014

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     E 

Eugene (Nick Dinsmore) 2004-2007, 2008

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    F 

Finlay (David Finlay) 2006-2011, 2012-

    G 

Justin Gabriel (Paul Lloyd Jr.) 2010-2015

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Goldberg (William Scott "Bill" Goldberg) 2003-2004

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Zach Gowen 2003-2004

The Great Khali (Dalip Singh Rana) 2006-2014

  • Anti-Villain: He only worked with Jinder Mahal to protect his sister's honor.
  • Bollywood: He's from India.
  • The Brute: As a heel.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He eventually got tired of Jinder and punched him.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was a force to be reckon with when he debuted, but these days he is more of a comic relief character.
  • Dumb Muscle: For Jinder Mahal. During his heel run in 2011, he was cured when he had enough of Jinder's bullshit.
  • Finishing Move: Khali Bomb/Punjabi Plunge (Two handed Chokedrop), Khali Vise Grip.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: When he debuted, he was a heel.
  • Funny Foreigner: After his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Gentle Giant: At least when he's a face.
  • The Giant: Dude is 7 feet tall!
  • Gimmick Matches: Introduced the Punjabi Prison match.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door
  • A Hero to His Hometown: More popular in India than probably anywhere else by several magnitudes. He's absolutely despised everywhere else, regardless of whether he's a face or heel.
  • Put on a Bus: Courtesy of Mark Henry.
  • The Quiet One/The Unintelligible: His speech is rather muddled, though his brother Ranjin could understand his Punjabi, and for some reason Natalya could understand him when she was his manager.
  • Unrelated Brothers: with Ranjin Singh.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He got sick of Mahal's threats and bullying, broke away from him, and then kicked his ass. Between the sudden end to the feud, as well as either Mahal's inability or his unwillingness to speak English when on camera, we never found out whether Mahal was bluffing or whether he did indeed divorce Khali's sister. And looked like it wouldn't be addressed as he started a feud with Ted DiBiase Jr, and Khali was out with an injury thanks to Mark Henry. However, when Khali returned at the Royal Rumble, he was referred to as Mahal's brother-in-law.
  • The Worf Effect: For one reason or another, Khali frequently gets injured in-storyline to be prevented from participating in multi-man matches.

     H 

Muhammad Hassan (Mark Copani) 2004-2005

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Heidenreich (Jon Heidenreich) 2003-2006

    J 

Ezekiel Jackson (Rycklon Stephens) 2008-2014

Nathan Jones (2002-2003)

    K 

Kaval (Brandon Silvestry) 2010

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Ken Kennedy (Ken Anderson) 2005-2009

Tyson Kidd (Theodore James "T.J." Wilson) 2009-

  • Arch-Enemy: The Usos, while part of the Hart Dynasty. Yoshi Tatsu and Michael McGillicutty on NXT.
  • Bald of Awesome: As a face.
  • Bald of Evil: As a heel.
  • Catch Phrase: As a heel as of mid-late 2014 on WWE NXT: "FACT"
  • Cat Lover: Shares this distinction with Nattie in real life. It's recently become part of his character.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness/Idiot Hair: The small "crown" of hair he used to wear at the fore of his dome.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Natalya to whom he's married.
  • David Vs Goliath: Has a couple of televised wins over Prince Al-er...Tensai to his credit.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After they had a match, which he lost, on Superstars, he and Justin Gabriel formed a tag team.
  • Demoted to Extra: Went from being in a successful tag team to spending his days on NXT and Superstars. Recently subverted, as he currently now not only is he a in a pretty successful team with Cesaro, he and Cesaro were the WWE Tag Team Champion's for a good while. The team is unfortunately on a hiatus due to Kidd suffering a severe neck injury from a live event.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Much like Natalya, seems to flip back and forth with very little warning or setup. Currently, as of now face, alongside Natalya and Cesaro.
  • Last of His Kind: The last graduate of the Hart Family Dungeon.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As part of the Hart Dynasty, started to wear basic black after the break-up.
  • Running Gag: Had a new manager accompany him every (other) week (on Superstars). This eventually became an Aborted Arc.
  • Screaming Warrior: "YEEEAAAAHH!!!" several times during every match.
  • Underwear of Power: Although he has now switched to long tights.
  • Wrestling Family: Considered by many to be an 'honorary' member of the Harts due to his longtime affiliation with them. He officially married into the family in 2013 with his wedding to Natalya.

Kofi Kingston (Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah) 2008-

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     L 

Bobby Lashley (Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley) 2005-2008

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Brock Lesnar (Brock Edward Lesnar) 2002-2004, 2012-

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    M 

Drew McIntyre (Drew Galloway) 2007, 2009-2014

See his dedicated character page for his list of tropes.For his time in 3MB, see this page.

Balls Mahoney (Jonathan Rechner) 2005-2008

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Santino Marella (Anthony Carelli) 2007-

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Chris Masters (Christopher Todd Mordetzky) 2005-2007, 2009-2011

Michael McGillicutty/Curtis Axel (Joseph Curtis "Joe" Hennig) 2010-

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The Miz (Michael "Mike" Mizanin) 2004, 2005-

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Johnny Nitro/John Morrison (John Randall Hennigan) 2004-2011

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Rey Mysterio (Oscar Gutierrez) 2002-2015

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    N 

Jamie Noble (James Howard Gibson) 2002-2004, 2005-

  • Beard of Evil
  • Butt Monkey: Well he was on the losing end of a feud with Hornswoggle, a fact that always makes you one of these, and he was disliked by general manager Vickie Guerrero on top of it. Later became this to an extent as part of J&J Security with Joey Mercury.
  • Corrupt Cop: As part of J&J Security.
  • Corrupt Hick
  • Deep South
  • Finishing Move: A tiger driver and a submission hold he called the trailer hitch.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Thanks to Sheamus Powerbombing him on the floor outside of the ring, which forced him to retire.
  • Just Hit Him: All of his elaborate schemes to do away with Hornswaggle, when all he needed to do was, well, you know.
  • Karma Houdini: Pretty much. Losing his girlfriend because of his mistreatment of her seems pretty fair at first, for example, but then gets to beat her in a match, technically broke the rules to do so, and there was no payoff for it. Aside from Nidia though, the faces Jamie feuded with were largely not the type who could give him a beating that would please fans without being completely out of character. This might be the reason for his aforementioned butt monkey status later, to make up for lost time (though it is more likely that Vince had decided to phase out the cruiserweight division, leaving a lot less for guys like Jamie Noble to do).
  • Lust: A flaw of his, he used the money he got from winning a lottery to try and bribe Torrie Wilson into sleeping with him. This was despite him having a girlfriend at the time, and strangely enough ended up in a foursome also involving Billy Gunn. His inability to ignore Miss Jackie ultimately results in him losing a match he probably should have won to Rico. His infatuation with Layla did end up working out, eventually, for a little while, but then William Regal stole her away.
  • Rags to Riches: Inherited a lot of money. Jury's still out on whether he didn't know what to do with it or simply chose not to use it to move beyond his roots.
  • Revenge: He feuded with Tajiri over the fact Tajiri made his girlfriend Nidia blind.
    • Human Shield: This is what Jamie ended up using Nidia since she could not see what was happening. He would then blame everything that happened to her on Rey Mysterio, giving her a deep seated fear of him.
  • Straw Misogynist: Not on purpose; he was just kind of ignorant and not good with his words. Nonetheless it earned him the wrath of Vickie.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He was willing to attack Dawn Marie to ensure Nidia got a win on Velocity. (Dawn of course focused her payback on Nidia rather than Jamie). Downplayed with Nidia herself, whom he would shove and use to save himself from other people's hits while blind, but when it came to an actual fight between them, he opted to make her tap out.
  • Underwear of Power: When he wasn't wearing denim shorts.
  • Unrelated Cousins: To Nunzio.
  • Verbal Tic: "Jamie Noble boy".

Christopher Nowinski (Christopher John Nowinski) 2002-2003, 2005

  • Abhorrent Admirer: For Molly Holly for a time. William Regal would tell him to focus on wrestling and not on "rogering" her.
  • The Bus Came Back: Briefly so that he could help the Smackdown Your Vote campaign.
  • Finishing Move: The Honor Role (Swinging double underhook suplex), a reference to his Harvard Graduation.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: He is most famous not for any of his accomplishments but for retiring from wrestling after getting a concussion and doing extensive research on the injuries effect to athletes.
  • Genius Bruiser/Ivy League: He was the first Harvard Graduate in WWE history. While in WWE Tough Enough, he was known as "Chris Harvard."
  • Improbable Weapon User: His metal face mask.
  • Jerk Jock
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He argued that a show of force or open warfare wouldn't solve any of the countries problems, back when the "War on terror" was still relatively popular.
  • Not in the Face!
  • Token White: Invoked: He actively sought Thuggin And Buggin membership despite Theodore Long's open contempt for white people, and is actually the reason Long no longer has any contempt for white people.

Nunzio (James Maritato) 2002–2008, 2010-2011

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     O 

Randy Orton (Randal "Randy" Keith Orton) 2002-

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David Otunga (David Daniel Otunga Sr) 2010-

     P 

Montel Vontavious Porter (Hassan Hamin Assad FKA Alvin Burke, Jr.) 2006-2010

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CM Punk (Phillip Jack Brooks) 2006-2014

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    R 

Tyler Reks (Gabriel Allan Tuft) 2009-2012

Cody Rhodes (Cody Runnels) 2007-

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Rico (Amarico Sebastiano Constantino) 2002-2004

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Alex Riley (Kevin Robert Kiley, Jr.) 2010-

  • The Apprentice / Battle Butler: To Miz, for a time.
  • Arch-Enemy: On NXT, it's Kevin Owens.
  • Character Development: Probably unintentional, but Alex Riley's kayfabe history is actually very well done if you think about it. He goes from Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up in his NXT phase to getting his first big 'job' with the Miz, who turns out to be a Bad Boss and even bigger bully than Riley himself. Riley finally figures out what it's like to be on the wrong end of a Jerkass and eventually stands up to the bully, realizing the error of his own ways in the process. Again, probably unintentional, but pretty cool as well.
  • Demoted to Extra: Had a toe-to-toe feud with the Miz. Pinned him clean on PPV at one point. After their feud was over, he promptly disappeared almost entirely from Raw. He's regularly seen on Superstars and NXT as a commentator.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After The Miz had failed yet again to retake the title from John Cena on Over The Limit, he called Riley a useless bungler who has been actively responsible for his every failure over the past few months. After a few humiliating slaps, he then fires Riley, to which Riley responds by beating the everloving hell out of the Miz, destroying his suit, and leaving the ring to thunderous cheering.
  • Finishing Move: A fireman's carry cutter that has gone through several different names - the most recent being the "Final Score", according to The Other Wiki.
    • Also briefly used a lifting DDT that would be immediately recognizable by E& C fans as the Implant/Impaler DDT.
  • Jerk Jock: Dubbed himself "The Varsity Villain" on NXT, and ran around wearing a letterman jacket. Definitely played the part, as well.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Or to the announce booth, as he is these days is commentating on Superstars and NXT.
  • Redemption Promotion: When he turned face. But then disappeared, see above for reason.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: It looked like this would happen to Riley, as he was more successful than Kaval, who left the company by the end of 2010. First he was Miz's protégé before he turned face, and the two feuded for a short while with Riley getting the win over him at the 2011 Capitol Punishment PPV. Then he promptly disappeared and currently is a commentator on Superstars and NXT.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Was his gimmick as a heel. Was dropped once he turned face.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Seems to have picked up his mentor's gift for wearing a good suit.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: As a heel.
  • Underwear of Power

Zack Ryder (Matthew Cardona) 2007-

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    S 

Sabu (Terry Brunk) 2005-2007

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The Sandman (James Fullington) 2005-2007

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Gunner Scott (Brent Albright) 2006

  • Badass Beard
  • Jobber
  • The Load
  • Put on a Bus: Lost to Mr. Kennedy on the June 30th episode of SmackDown and was then put in a body bag by The Great Khali, before being released from his WWE contract on October 12th that same year.

Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) 2009-

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Snitsky (Eugene Alan "Gene" Snisky) 2004-2008

Jack Swagger (Jacob "Jake" Hager) 2008-

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     T 

Yoshi Tatsu (山本 尚史 Yamamoto Naofumi) 2009-2014

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    U 

Ultimo Dragon (浅井 嘉浩, Asai Yoshihiro) 2003-2004

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Umaga (Edward "Eddie" Solofa Fatu) 2002-2003, 2005-2009

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    Y 

Jimmy Wang Yang (James Carson Yun) 2003-2005, 2006-2010

  • But Not Too Foreign: He’s half-Korean descent, half-caucasian, all American.
  • I Have the High Ground:
  • Nice Hat: Had one on whenever he didn't wrestle.
  • Stereotype Flip: The entire Jimmy Wang Yang gimmick was based around this. His character (a down-home cowboy who also happened to be Korean) had him deliberately defying Asian stereotypes by being proud of his Southern heritage and wishing to be identified by his self-admitted love of being a redneck rather than being judged by his race.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: First as a wrestling bodyguard for Tajiri, then a wrestling movie star, then a wrestling cowboy.

    Z 

Dolph Ziggler (Nick Nemeth) 2005, 2006, 2008-

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